GAA members must tune into online series to ensure a safe return

GAA members must tune into online series to ensure a safe return
Athy and Kildare team-mates, from left, David Hyland, Kevin Feely and Niall Kelly during a training session at a community pitch in Athy, Kildare. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

AN informative webinar on the safe return to Gaelic games attracted more than 4,000 online attendees to the GAA’s website last week.

The first in a series of online presentations targeted at the GAA, LGFA and Camogie communities was to explain how best to protect the health and welfare of all those involved in Gaelic games and minimise the risk of transmitting Covid-19.

The three associations are anxious to disseminate as much information as possible to club Covid-19 supervisors, officers, players, parents/guardians of underage players, managers, coaches and medical personnel on their roles and responsibilities ahead of a safe return to on-field action.

The webinar was a positive step in what the GAA, LGFA and Camogie associations need to address ahead of returning to training and playing games.

Chairperson of the national Covid-19 Advisory Group, Shay Bannon, was last Tuesday evening’s first speaker and began by reiterating the importance of reading and understanding the safe return guidelines documentation.

Bannon also stated that more role-specific webinars will be going live on the GAA’s official website over the coming weeks. These will focus on games development staff, referees, and other Gaelic games personnel.

Director of player, club and games administration in Croke Park, Feargal McGill, was next to speak and began with a reminder of what the GAA community is trying to achieve over the coming weeks.

“We are trying to minimise risk,” McGill said. “We cannot eliminate riskminimising risk is critical. The most important point to note is you are 19 times more likely to contract Covid-19 whilst indoors compared to being outdoors.”

A selection of submitted questions were addressed, McGill beginning by answering a query on how many Covid-19 supervisors clubs will require: “The number of Covid-19 supervisors needed by each club will be proportional to the size of that club, that is, the number of active teams and players with the club,” he said. 

A wide range of additional queries were covered in the informative webinar including contact tracing, advice for attending to injuries during training sessions and games plus measures that exist for any members who do not comply with the guidelines.

A full recording of the ‘Safe Return to Gaelic games’ webinar will be available to view on the GAA Learning YouTube channel for anyone that was unable to attend.

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